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Kathryn Richwine

Kathryn Richwine

SEA Semester Class:

C-225 (Ocean Exploration)


Eckerd College


Marine Geology

SEA Semester Research Focus:

Scientific Research - Effects of Ocean Acidification on Foraminifera

Why did you choose SEA Semester?

SEA Semester is a fantastic way to get out of the classroom and to experience the ocean in its natural environment. I chose this program because I wanted to challenge myself not only through academics but also as a novice sailor.

What were the strongest aspects of SEA Semester?

Through the program my class was able to form an incredibly tight community during the shore component which allowed us to work through any challenges that came our way. Being able to rely on each other right from the first day on the ship set us up for success and the bonds that we formed will last for years to come.

What were the most challenging aspects of SEA Semester?

When I began this experience I thought that the most challenging aspect of the program would be the academics, but I soon realized that SEA Semester challenges its students on a more personal level as well. It is pushing yourself past your own limits while learning to work together in this unique atmosphere. Living aboard a ship in such tight quarters reveals the finer things of life that on an ordinary day on land would go unnoticed.

Words of advice for future SEA Semester students?

Take the experience one day at a time. At first it can be overwhelming, but there is really no better feeling then sailing a brigantine out in the open ocean.